Pentagon says North Koreans ‘continue to learn’ by each launch

August 28, 2017 10:30 pm

This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central Agency (KCNA) on August 23, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) visiting the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science at an undisclosed location. (AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS)

Although the latest missile test by North Korea did not demonstrate any specific advancements in Pyongyang’s technology, it still means the resolute country’s scientists “continue to learn” more and more about know-how.
Speaking among reporters, spokesman Colonel Robert Manning called Pyongyang’s latest launch a “threat.”
“We have to make the assumption that they continue to learn throughout each one of these missile launches,” Manning said. “You’re still firing missiles, so that’s a threat.”
Three missiles were launched from Kittaeryong on North Korea’s east coast over the weekend, according to Pacific Command (PACOM). Two of the missiles reportedly flew some 155 miles in the northeastern direction while the third one exploded almost immediately.
“If you’re asking if those three short-range missiles was less of a threat, the answer is no. It was a provocative action,” the Pentagon spokesman said.
‘Worst possible moment’

This undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 26, 2017 shows rockets being launched by Korean People’s Army (KPA) personnel during a target strike exercise at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS)

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have heightened since Washington recently engineered tougher sanctions in the United Nations Security Council over the North’s testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Earlier on Monday, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers that Pyongyang may be preparing for another test.
North Korea “has completed its preparation to carry out a nuclear test at Tunnel 2 and Tunnel 3 of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site,” said Kim Byung-kee, a lawmaker of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party (DP).
North Koreans are particularly outraged at this year’s Washington-Seoul joint war games.
North Korean officials maintain that the military games come at the “worst possible moment” and that the Americans would be “wholly responsible” for its consequences.
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